Looks natural pulling in space and displays the body control to reach the second level and blow up an opposing target. Nevertheless, he does struggle moving defenders off the ball in the run game and isn’t built for an in-line scheme at the next level.
Looks natural in pass protection. Isn’t overly physical initially at the point of attack when a defender lines up over his face. But exhibits the type of flexibility to sit into his stance, extend his arms and pick up stunting/slanting defenders inside. Looks natural keeping his base down, sliding his feet and can mirror in space. Possesses above average lateral range, can redirect cleanly and anchor with some consistency through the play. Does a nice job extending his hands into contact and looked a lot more balanced this year with his punch when trying to gain inside leverage. At times will still get his hands outside the target in the run game, but improved significantly in this area from 2008.
Impression: He’s an above-average athlete who can bend and redirect. Looks like a potential draftable center to me who should have a good shot at making an NFL roster and possibly contributing down the line."
Weaknesses: Not an exceptional athlete. Must recoil more quickly, get his hands up and move his feet to stay balanced against NFL defenders. Feet tend to be in cement after initial contact, when pass blocking; quicker defenders can swim and run around him to get a secondary rush. Footwork to second level is only adequate, won't be a force downfield. Has had labrum repair surgery on both shoulders."
Movement: As mentioned in the agility section, Barnes has a great tool in his ability to move his feet and get were he is going quickly. He finds his target and makes sure to at least get in his way, to give the ball carrier an opportunity. Similar to a few years ago when the Colts selected Mike Pollak and moved him to guard, I could see the same possibility with Barnes, due to his ability to move and quickness.
Pass Blocking: Has a tendency in pass pro to make a great snap and immediately take one or two steps backward. This bad habit needs to be corrected to more lateral movement. He sometimes struggled to reach quicker 3-technique linemen, often lunging and whiffing. When in pass protection, he has a solid base and shows the ability to anchor. He is very good at absorbing contact, but can be over powered into the backfield by stronger competition. Needs to do a better job of sitting into his stance. That being said, he is very capable of fixing these concerns with good coaching at the next level.
Quickness: His quickness can be a strength but also a weakness, it depends on what part of his game you are evaluating. He is very quick at getting to the outside and locking onto defenders. He also can climb to the next level and lock out a linebacker. He needs to work on his lateral quickness when facing the quicker defensive tackles.
Run Blocking: Unlike his pass blocking, Barnes sits into his stance and fires out when run blocking. He makes good contact after the snap and gets in a solid punch on the defender. He needs to work on staying low and using leverage when driving his opponent. He has no problem staying engaged with the defender, even if he is getting driven back. When he is engaged, he has shown he can turn the defender, even if its slightly to make a crease.
Strength: I was impressed with Barnes' upper body strength on film. He would usher defenders around with one arm with ease. He needs to work on his anchor strength though, as he occasionally struggled to stop a bull rush. Overall though, I feel Barnes is strong enough to last in the NFL.
Technique: As mentioned earlier, his ability to sit in his stance, make a great snap and punch is a strength. But his footwork needs work in pass pro. Lateral steps need to replace the multiple steps backwards. He is a very intelligent player and has the ability to lead any offensive line. His smarts will help him recognize blitzes and stunts prior to the pre-snap.
Final Word: I'm a big fan of Barnes. He does have a lot to work on to be successful at the next level, but everything is correctable in my opinion. He does need to show at the Combine that the past four years in the spread offense, snapping in shotgun, won't be an issue. He is the prototypical size for an interior lineman in the NFL, with the barrel chest, good strength and technique. I could see Barnes as the second center prospect off the board come draft day."
Positive: Tough, strong, small-area blocker who's been productive and durable on the college level. Blocks with good lean, keeps his feet moving, and immediately gets his hands into defenders. Anchors in pass protection, stays square, and turns defenders off the line as a run blocker. Blocks with a nasty attitude, keeps his head on a swivel, and does a terrific job leading the offensive line. Displays better-than-average footwork in space and bends his knees.
Negative: Lacks agility, overall blocking balance and struggles in motion. Stiff as a blocker, which hurts his ability to finish blocks.
Analysis: Barnes is one of the most underrated centers in April's draft and possesses the football skills to play and eventually start at the next level. He should only improve as a physically matures and irons out the rough edges of his game.
Negatives: Not real strong at POA... Not a pile mover... Light handed... Gets too high and will reach, lean and overextend... Bends at the waist... Occasionally stops his feet upon contact."
Strengths: Smart, accountable leader. Snaps the ball when he is ready, not on cadence, which is unique to college football. Sound technician who usually maintains a low base and sound leverage. Strong arms and hands which he uses well to lock onto defenders. Solid in pass protection and is alert to stunts and twists. Grab&turn run blocker who effectively screens his man from tacklers. NFL frame.
Weaknesses: Stiff and limited athletically. Struggles to redirect and doesn't run well. Lacks pop/power as a run blocker. Gets rocked back in pass protection when he plays too high, but recovers well.
Projection: Tough, scrappy player who will be in someone's camp as a low-round pick or free agent. Has a chance to stick as a backup/practice squad player."
In 2009 Barnes played a big role in breaking in new quarterback Blaine Gabbert. While giving Gabbert plenty of time to throw, the offensive line played a much more important role in 2009. It was again Barnes who was the leader of the unit. The passing attack was not as explosive in 2010, but the line only gave up 20 sacks and the Tigers finished 10-2. Barnes certainly deserves a lot of credit for Missouri's success during his senior season and he was rewarded by being named to the All-Big 12 First Team.
Barnes will be rewarded again on draft day. He is a three year starter who has plenty of experience and, at 6-4 and 300 pounds, more than enough size to push back opposing linemen. Barnes' stock is rising and he is considered by many as one of the top three centers in this class and that means he should be off the board by the third or fourth round."
Tim Barnes brings an high level of Agility to the table, and his Launch Speed of the Snap is excellent. He's a good Croucher, and his Lateral Velocity and superior Mechanics produce superior Viscosity: He sticks to his man. And his Flanking Speed is good on Pulls and Traps.
However, his Power to push opposing Grizzlies off the Ball in the Run Game is lacking, as is his Strength in resisting the Pass Rush.
Tim Barnes looks like a potential starter, provided, of course, he is drafted by the right team: His lack of Power will get him killed on a Linear Blocking team, but his Agility and Flanking Speed give him a very good shot at making his mark with a Zone Blocking outfit.
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